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Staying productive at work, or while working from home, is a challenge. Our burden can be lessened by learning some key lessons about ourselves and our bodies. “Personal productivity is a key differentiator between those who succeed in their chosen field and those who do not,” says Brian Tracy, author of “Eat that Frog: 21 Ways to stop Procrastination and get More Done in Less Time.”

Generally most people complain how they’re not successful or wish they could be like “fill in the blank,”but the secret is that there isn’t a secret. You have to work hard, stay productive, and use your time wisely in order to succeed. Let’s take a look at how you can boost your productivity and get more done in less time!

1. No breakfast – No energy

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Certain breakfast foods increase your productivity, and give energy for a good start of the day. Having a good source of vitamin B in the morning can also improve your concentration and help you think more clearly. If you are in a hurry, get at least a glass of water and a glass of fresh juice. You will help you organism not to dehydrate, and get a vitamin boost from the early morning. This is way healthier than a cup of coffee on an empty stomach.

2. Plan your work!

Have a To-Do List for the day. You should prioritize the urgent tasks, and take on pending issues from the previous day. This way you’ll be able to concentrate on bigger projects and tasks. Not having a plan will hinder your concentration, and you might miss important tasks. Thus it is advisable to do small, urgent, or irritating tasks first to have the rest of the day with an open and clear mind for more creative tasks.

3. Say NO

It’s always good to help your colleagues and friends, but a day only has 24 hours. A lot of people have a hard time saying “no” to others, and end up taking on a bigger load than they can handle in a day. Getting interrupted, shifting to doing something else, and then going back to your task can really hurt your productivity. Moreover, in order to stay productive, you also need to rest, thus you cannot fill all your day with work tasks.

4. Take breaks and relax

People can be focused on tasks only up to 90 minutes productively. Taking short breaks increases your productivity at work, so make it a habit to get up from your desk periodically and talk with colleagues, have a snack, do small exercise, or any other activity to help your mind relax.

Don‘t make those breaks too long, though.  5-10 minutes of rest will help you stay active longer,and start the work with a fresh mind.If you are stressed, then close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes, and you will be surprised to notice how quickly you can calm down.

5. Use the right tools at work

There is plenty of free and easy-to-use software to boost your productivity and make your job easier. Use Dropbox or Google Drive to store files online. Mark your ideas or record problems in one place with Evernote. We cover this sort of thing on a regular basis. Check out some of our previous articles to make your life easier.

6. Use a timer

Divide your working hours into working sessions of 90 minutes each. To stay focused, use a timer, such as Pomodoro (http://www.pomodoro.me/). If you want something more complex to keep a history of your tasks and working hours, you can use the Mobile Worker (http://www.mworker.com) Android application.

So, is it possible to stay productive all day long? The answer is YES. To do that you need to listen to your personal needs constantly and the minute you feel wrong, change activity for a while not to get stuck in the moment. Be conscious in all activities you do, eat well, rest well, take breaks, plan in advance and choose convenient tools to work with and you will be more productive than before!

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Posted by Evaldas Mockus

Evaldas Mockus is the Social Media Manager at Mobile Worker, a Lithuanian-Norwegian mobile app development venture, which mainly focuses on project management solutions for freelancers.

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  1. I would like to thank the Author for a nice article. Think I might try using that app mentioned since I am a bit of Technology geek myself.

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